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A small station that serves regional trains of the metropolitan region of Amsterdam. Functionally and architecturally this train stop is of high quality and well connected to an impressive new property development on the site of a former sugar factory. Two new bridges make a shortcut for the town of Zwanenburg and the ‘SugerFactory’-site to the new station at Halfweg.

 

Prime domain(s)
Rail, Planning

 

Prime theme(s)
Urban mobility hubs

 

Additional theme(s)
Users & Services, Design & Identity

 

Related showcases
Image of Rail (Spoorbeeld)

 

MEZZANINE
Lead partner
RVDB Urban Planning

 

Second contact
DRS

 

Extended summary
The new station (2012) entails two platforms, both partly roofed, designed by studioSK, Movares.
A pedestrian bridge connects the platforms to the SugerFactory-site at the other side of the parallel motorway. Parking facilities for bicycles are available, including Park & Ride for 150 cars. A second pedestrian and cycling bridge (2012) across a canal connects SugerCity (hence the station) to the town of Zwanenburg.
The development of the SugarCity area started in the year 2000. Since then the old sugar silos have been converted into office- & showroom space and the old factory is often used as location for events, fashion shows, photo shoots & more. Future plans: A factory outlet, hotel and a supermarket are also in the process of being developed.
(Source: SugerCity)

 

GROUND
Form (description)
Halfweg-Zwanenburg Station is a cutting edge example of a regional station. High architectural and functional quality are combined with property development.

 

Operation (usage)
Halfweg-Zwanenburg Station facilitates regional trains operated by the Dutch National Railways. And serves the nearby property development and existing town.

 

Performance (result)
Halfweg-Zwanenburg Station contributes to the boost of public transport. The coverage of the regional train network of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region has been improved substantially by new train stops like Halfweg-Zwanenburg (20% increased use in 2015). The station marks the entree of the SugerFactory development (in progress).

 

BASEMENT

 

Backgrounds
The project for the new station Halfweg-Zwanenburg (opened December 2012) was justified by the property development of SugarCity, a re-developing project since 2000. The area will be updated: the Silos (formally for sugar storage) have been converted into offices and showrooms; the 21.000 m² Factory Hall which is now being used for events and a Factory Outlet is under development. According to the original plans for SugarCity, a surface area of 108.000 square meters has been allocated for new developments. These new project will be partly realised in the existing buildings with their unique industrial look, and partly in completely new projects. In 2011 SugarCity, designed by architects Soeters Van Eldonk, received the Prix d’Excellence of FIABCI International, category ‘Environmental Conservation’.
(Source: SugarCity, adapted by DRS)

 

References
. Station Centraal, 2010 – Link to Google books

 

Precedents
None yet.

 

Foreign potentials
Regional and local station projects worldwide.

 

Related projects and pilots
Galashiels Station at the Borders Railway (Scotland), served by Abellio

 

Links
None

 

Other media
n preparation by DRS.

 

Image credits
Jan Kuipers, Movares, Soeters Van Eldonk Architecten, SugarCity, Wikimedia

 

Halfweg-Zwanenburg Station
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